Courses taken previously at another college in the U.S. are evaluated for transfer by the Registrar. Requirements for the course to be considered for transfer include: the class must be taught by a college professor; the final grade earned must be a C or better. In addition, to be considered for transfer, courses must be consonant with the rigor, content, and mode of instruction of courses offered at Ursinus.
Ursinus courses feature in-person interactions between students and between students and faculty that produce discussion that reinforces and intensifies the learning that takes place outside of the classroom. These interactions depend upon the reading of verbal and non-verbal cues and spontaneous responses that can only take place in face-to-face, in-person interactions. In addition, Ursinus courses typically include opportunities for critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, developing arguments through logic, evidence and reasoning, and teamwork, all of which are facilitated by a setting that supports interpersonal interaction and exchange. However, the College does recognize that experiencing a variety of teaching and learning formats can be a benefit to students. For that reason, for students already enrolled at Ursinus, it is the policy of the College to accept in transfer no more than two (2) courses totaling no more than eight (8) credit hours for courses that do not foreground such interactions, as in courses featuring only online or otherwise mediated instruction.
If a student wants to take a course at another college or university in the U.S. and transfer credit to Ursinus after matriculating as an Ursinus student (e.g., summer after the first year), the course must be pre-approved for transfer by the Registrar.
Students who take coursework abroad at any institution other than an Ursinus College partner (that is, one of the exchange universities or study abroad program organizations with which the College has a written agreement), can only receive consideration for transfer credit upon submission of a course-by-course transcript evaluation completed by WES. Students are advised to create an account with WES and submit all required documentation as soon as possible upon completing their coursework abroad, as this process can take time. The student will bear all responsibility and costs for the WEStranscript evaluation.